Department of Heavy Industry has sanctioned 2,636 Electric Vehicles Charging Stations amounting to approximately Rs 500 Crore in 62 cities across 24 States/UTs under FAME India (Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid & Electric Vehicles in India) scheme phase II. In the First Phase of the Scheme, the Department of Heavy Industry had sanctioned about 500 Charging Stations/Infrastructure for Rs. 43 Crore.
The Department of Heavy Industry is administering Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India (FAME India) Scheme for promotion of adoption of electric/hybrid vehicles (xEVs) in India since 01st April, 2015. Phase-I of the Scheme was extended from time to time and the last extension was allowed till 31st March, 2019. Presently, Phase-II of FAME India Scheme is being implemented for a period of 3 years w.e.f. 01st April, 2019 with a total budgetary support of Rs. 10,000 crores.
If one analyses the industry of EVs around the world, for the growth of the EV industry existence of an efficient charging infrastructure is a pre-requisite. In 2017, the total number of electric vehicles crossed the three million mark accompanied by EV chargers crossing the two million mark, globally. As of December 2017, the world had seven times the number of electric vehicles than the number of available public chargers. The number of publicly available chargers saw a 70% increase in 2016.
In terms of penetration, electric mobility market of India differs from Western counterparts who have already become a matured market. The difference is primarily due to various aspects such as geographical area, public policy, social norms as well as economy. Heterogeneous development in urban areas, large population, low availability of public infrastructure and low affordability pose several barriers to mass scale adoption of e-vehicles.